Service No: IC-48212

Place of Birth : Gurgaon , Haryana

Service : Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit: 17 RR

Arm/Regt : Air Defence Artillery

Operation: Op Rakshak (J&K)

Award : Kirti Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Aug 01, 1999

Major Sushil Aima KC

Maj Sushil Aima was born on July 15, 1966 in an illustrious family from Srinagar, settled in Gurgaon (Haryana).  In mid-eighties, when young Sushil Aima, a 12th class student, sought admission to the National Defence Academy, he did not inform his parents or any other member of the family fearing that nobody in his family would approve it. But after he was selected in 1985, Sushil reluctantly went to his father and gave him the news, expecting that the answer would be a firm ‘No’. But that did not happen. His father, Makhanlal Aima, an insurance officer, did not get angry, but did appear visibly surprised.

 

Maj Sushil was a computer buff who would spend hours together in front of his TV monitor toying with latest software programs. As per his Commanding Officer , “Maj Sushil Aima was six feet 5 inches tall and could scare a militant to death by his mere presence,”. He was the son of soil and had a burning desire to get rid of every single intruder from his motherland”. He personified the Army dictum of `Eye for the militants and heart for the innocents.”

 

Major Sushil came from a gifted Aima family form Srinagar. His uncle, late Mohanlal Aima, was among the moving spirits of the post-1947 revival of Kashmiri music. He lifted the Kashmiri “chhakri” from its plebeian moorings and gave it popularity and respectability among the Kashmiris. Through the medium of newly established radio station in Srinagar, he was instrumental in bringing out the “sufiana” music from the “diwankhanas” of the elite and taking it to the homes of common people. Omkar Aima, another uncle of Maj Sushil, was a stage personality before he moved on to Bombay films, starting with the lead role in first-ever Kashmiri feature film, ‘Mainzraat’.

 

Major Sushil Aima was commissioned in the army in 1988, and as the years rolled by, he transformed into a fine soldier. In his brief career he earned the praise of his superiors for his bravery, initiative and leadership qualities, especially, during his stint in Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, one of the worst militancy-affected areas. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Major.

Poonch Operation: 01 Aug 1999

 

On 01 Aug 1999, late at night, when Major Sushil was resting after having made preparations for his departure for Delhi next morning, his unit was given news that a large group of foreign mercenaries had assembled on a nearby hill. The intelligence sources confirmed that the group had plans to attack a village in the vicinity, largely inhabited by members of one particular community.

 

Maj Sushil assessed the situation and made an operation plan to tackle it. It was decided to go into action, surround the terrorists, and then launch a full-blooded attack. Maj Sushil and his troops soon made contact with the enemy and a fierce encounter followed. It lasted for seven hours, and ended up with a hand-to-hand fight, with heavy losses among the intruders. Two terrorists fell to the bullets of Major Sushil, but in the later stage of the encounter, he was fatally wounded when a bullet hit him in his left temple. Holding the revolver in his left hand, he also shot dead the third terrorist who had fired the fatal shot at him. Then he provided cover to a colleague, who had been grievously injured in a grenade blast, and helped him crawl to safety.

 

It took five militants to pin him down after a 15 minute hand-to-hand close quarter combat in which he managed to kill three militants. In this operation, Major Aima and his commandos killed a total of five hardcore Pak militants and recovered four AK rifles, five bag fulls of IED and explosives with large quantity of ammunition.

 

Thus ,Maj Sushil at the age 32, with a promising future ahead of him, was martyred , defending his motherland. He fought valiantly till his last breath against the Pakistani intruders, and joined the select ranks of the martyrs of the great Indian army. When the body of the deceased hero was brought to his at Palam Vihar, hundreds of people had gathered there to be with the bereaved family in its hour of grief. They stood there, men and women, in silent sorrow. Not many had seen or known the young army officer, but here was India, paying its homage, to a martyred son of India.

 

Maj Sushil Aima is survived by his wife Archana Aima, Father Makhanlal Aima, daughter Ridhi and son, Sidharth.

Citation for kirti Chakra awarded to Maj Sushil Aima :

On Aug 1, 1999, when Major Sushil was resting after having made preparations for his departure for Delhi next morning, news was brought to him that a large group of foreign mercenaries had assembled on a nearby hill. It was learnt that the group had plans to attack a village in the vicinity, largely inhabited by members of one particular community.

A hurried conference was held. It was decided to go into action, surround the terrorists, and then launch a full-blooded attack, to be led by Maj Sushil. The young officer and his jawans soon made contact with the enemy and a fierce encounter followed. It lasted for seven hours, and ended up with a hand-to-hand fight, with heavy losses among the intruders. Two terrorists fell to the bullets of Major Sushil, but in the later stage of the encounter, he was fatally wounded when a bullet hit him in his left temple. Holding the revolver in his left hand, he also shot dead the third terrorist who had fired the fatal shot at him. Then he provided cover to a colleague, who had been grievously injured in a grenade blast, and helped him crawl to safety.

For his conspicuous  bravery, leadership and supreme sacrifice, Major Sushil Aima was awarded the Kirti Chakra (Posthumously).

A road in Gurugram in Sector 23 has been named as Maj Sushil Marg in the remembrance of  Major Sushil Aima.

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10 Tributes
  • Tushar Jain

    2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Your story of courage and sacrifice is truly remarkable. It will continue to inspire the future
    generations of India.

  • Vishal Rajput

    2017 at 1:47 pm Reply

    India is lucky to have had a son like you. I salute you and your family for the sacrifice.

  • Raj Chatterji - Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh

    2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

    My family joins me in saluting the brave son of the soil and his family for the extreme sacrifice made for protecting our motherland. May his family remain always blessed

  • Jaswinder Singh Sethi - Agra,Uttar Pradesh

    2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

    A trues son of India…. our salute to the brave!!!

  • Col Amit Atrey - Mumbai Suburban,Maharashtra

    2017 at 12:15 am Reply

    May his Soul rest in peace.

  • Col Amit Atrey - Mumbai Suburban,Maharashtra

    2017 at 12:20 am Reply

    I remember Aima and self preparing for LGSC together in Delhi cantt in 1995. I always loved him for his ever smiling respectful and very quiet nature. It was unbelievable when I lesrnt about he sacrificing his life while serving in RR. Till this day I feel he is alive and I shall meet him. He lives in my heart. Love you my soldier brother. Love you.

  • Arka - Hooghly,West Bengal

    2017 at 8:55 am Reply

    You’ll always be in our hearts… Salute you Sir… May your soul rest in peace!…Jai Hind!

  • Col Bharat Singh - Chittorgarh,Rajasthan

    2017 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Your departure was a personal loss. Always cheerful and most respectful. The gentle behavior and demeanour hid steely resolve. A soldier to the core.
    Was a privilege to have you around as a member of the team. Your memory always leaves a lump in the throat.
    May you live forever. The Nation is proud of you.

  • Capt SS Bhatnagar (Retd) - Mumbai Suburban,Maharashtra

    2017 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Salute from one fauji to another

  • Philomina - Bangalore Urban,Karnataka

    2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Your sacrifice will always be remembered and you will remain a hero for countless Indians. I salute you. Jai Hind

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